Transfer & Tactics
Ok, so in the last update I said that I would be looking for a new striker, a central Midfielder and an experienced centre back currently in or nearing his career's prime. I also said that this may not be possible due to the lack of funds invested into our wage and transfer budget by the Bucharest board.
However, even with such a small wage and transfer budget, I believe I have made the correct and proper signings that this team needs to move forward. We've some how managed to sign all three players of the profile I mentioned, and I think they will do really well for us.
The first player we brought into the club is an Italian striker that goes by the name of Daniele Martinetti. Martinetti is a well experienced and balanced forward, although he is 32 years of age which in my opinion is the only down side.
He is however the better of our four strikers and I have complete faith that he'll be putting the ball in the net game in, game out. A very good finisher this boy, a bonus is that he's played for the likes of Varese, Sassuolo and he even started his career with Roma.
We signed Martinetti on a free, and we'll be paying him a fee of 2.8k p/w.
The second player we brought into the club goes by the name of Cristian Sarghi. A very solid centre back, not many in Romania will be able to bypass his hard tackles and thorough man marking.
Sarghi is an youth product of Romanian counter parts Otelul and has played there for the last nine years before making his first permanent move away from the club to us, for a fee of 220K. A quite surprising fee if I'm honest.
Sarghi is a very experienced player just like Martinetti. He has won two trophies in his time. Those being the Romanian First Division in 2011 and the Romanian Super Cup in the same year, but the following season.
With Sarghi now in our back line, I am a lot more confident of our defensive capabilities and I really think we can go on to surprise a few. He's got a good head as well so we'll hopefully see him nodding them into the opposition net from a few corners!
The third and final player we have signed this summer transfer window is the central midfielder I was hoping to sign up. He's quite a bizarre signing actually and you'll find out why in a second!
Galli is actually a natural attacking midfielder but can also play comfortably in central midfield as well as on the left wing. He's good on the ball, he's got a good eye for a pass, as well as an accurate one, and he's quite a creative player.
Galli has played for the likes of Verona and Parma, and has made 85 Serie A appearances. Of course that's not very many for a 24 year old, but let's be honest...He's not really of Serie A standard but he's certainly good enough for me.
What's even better, is that he comes on a free, and we are literally paying him near to £0 p/w. I couldn't believe it either. The full sum of his wages adds up to £45 p/w and he's free as well as a solid player. Especially for this league.
As many of you know, I'm pretty much useless at tactics. Or at least I was. Who knows? Personally I think I've gotten better, but when people like Niko, or Nick for instance see these, they could probably pick out many mistakes I have made.
I have gone with my favorite philosophy in football. The possession game. It's pretty much the philosophy I use for every single save I ever do, sometimes it has been really successful. Other times, the team I have taken over has crashed and burned to the ground.
So, the formations I will be using are quite similar. Our plan A will be a 4-1-2-2-1. One I am sure you've all used before. I want to see if my two starting wingers can, Rotariu and Lazar can give Martinetti the service he needs, if they do then hopefully we will not need the attacking midfielder, and will be able to keep our defensive midfielder who will cover the back line, and also drop into the back line as a half back.
The second formation is pretty much the same thing just with no defensive midfielder, and instead an attacking midfielder. If our wingers fail to step up I shall revert to this formation which is my plan B and will have to hope our defenders can cope without a defensive midfielder. I'm sure they can, but I'd prefer to let in as little goals as possible and that's why a 4-1-2-2-1 is my favored formation.
Tactically, my plans for the future are to build a team capable of playing the 4-2-3-1 formation. It's my favorite formation in the game and I think if we are playing a possession/control game, the attacking midfielder adds more spice to our front line.
I've kept the instructions simple purposely so that the players can get used to the tactics a little quicker (Hopefully before pre-season starts, which is in a month) I also don't want to over complicate things as we are in quite a small league, and the players obviously are no where near as good as say...Premier League players.
I'm sure this season we'll pan out well. Our pre-season includes four games against teams I have honestly never heard of before so I'll be expecting good performances. A good pre season and a solid start in our first game is what I am hoping to start off with. I'm sure we'll get that too!